Remembering Uncle Joe four years later. We talk about him almost every day. He will always be in our hearts and on our minds. Below is a reprint of his Eulogy.
July 29th 2012
Today Flagtown Fire mourns the loss of one of our own. Joseph Brogan passed away early this morning at Somerset Medical Center. He was 87 years old. In addition to being a lifelong fireman, Joe was a Navy veteran and served during WWII.
Joe’s life was an inspiration to the members of our department. He was affectionately referred to as Uncle Joe or Papa Joe by many of us. Uncle Joe joined the department in 1947 and served as our Chief from 1953 – 1954 and again from 1959 – 1962. He also served as the first Chief of Fire and Safety at Lyons Fire Department. Uncle Joe remained very active with our department, continuing to gear up and run calls with us up through and including this year. He attended many of our drills and was always willing to lend his insight and advice to help make us better firefighters. He was very passionate about our department’s success and had an unmatched level of commitment and energy.
Rest in peace Uncle Joe. You touched the lives of us all; you helped us be all that we could be. We all looked up to you and tried our best to follow your example. Your memory and your example will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. You will be dearly missed but you will never be forgotten. You were the best among us.